The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 18, 2013

APD makes arrests in drive-by shooting, Ingles armed robbery cases

Incidents believed to be gang related

Tiffany Thompson

Thursday, July 18, 2013 — The Albemarle Police Department (APD) has made several arrests in the recent shooting on Oakwood Avenue and armed robbery at Ingles Market Inc.

The incidents are believed to be gang related, according to Police Chief William Halliburton.

“All the individuals have admitted to being Bloods gang members,” Halliburton said.

“These individuals thought they could come from another city and set up camp here in Albemarle and start their gang life here. But when we identify possible gangs, we aggressively pursue them.”

Officers with the criminal investigations department and narcotics department worked together to investigate the armed robbery at Ingles.

According to police, two black males entered the Ingles Supermarket at 10:51 p.m. June 30. The suspects pointed a gun at employees and took more than $4,600 from the store and left on foot.

After following numerous leads, officers arrested Brittany Dawn Bowers, 23, of Pine Acres Road; Misty Dawn Foskey, 20, of Oakwood Avenue; Juawann Marquis Crump, 18, of Montgomery Avenue; Gao Chia Yang, 21, of Walnut Street; Tabitha Ann Eudy, 23, of Walnut Street; and Xavier Montrell Bordeaux, 17, of Walnut Street.

Each were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a robbery and robbery with a dangerous weapon. All six suspects were placed in the Stanly County Jail under a $100,000 bond each. They are scheduled to appear in court on July 22.

While it is believed some of the same individuals were involved in a drive-by shooting on Oakwood Avenue July 8, they were not charged in the incident.

Officers, however, did arrest Mitchell Bernard Bordeaux, 20, of Oakwood Avenue in connection with the shooting.

According to police, officers investigated a shooting at 424 Oakwood Avenue after residents reported hearing gunshots at approximately 11:22 p.m. July 8. A vehicle was struck during the incident.

Mitchell Bordeaux was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon, and discharging a firearm while in the city limits. He was placed in the Stanly County Jail under a $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 29.

During the investigation, detectives found that one of the residential homes on E. Oakwood Avenue was struck by bullets fired during the incident.

These kinds of incidents are what APD has been gearing up for through their gang initiative program, Halliburton said.

“We want this to be a central message to all gangs in Albemarle. We are going to focus our manpower on catching you, and this is what happens when we do,” Halliburton said.